The SwissArmySuit™ Pictorial.
One of things that you can enjoy in these closeups is all of the delicate English handwork.
1. Closeup of jacket in suit-mode, with navy horn buttons.
2. The buggy (a.k.a. quarter) lining in ermazine and taped seams. You're not going to flip this sucker inside out, my friends.
3. The right lapel flipped over, showing the interior and the MoP backing button.
4. The fastening button removed. Now, it was a true headache to figure out the correct compromise between precise placement and removability, and how the backing buttons shoud be sized, and how to accomodate the various ways that a jacket can pull. Sounds simple, but it was not.
5. The cuff undone.
6. The horn cuff buttons off. Yes, double the number of handsewn buttonholes were needed, and note the two different styles, again to get as much precision in placement as possible.
7. The horn cuff buttons and the MoP backing buttons.
8. Look, Mum...no buttons.
9. Holland & Sherry gilt buttons from their Gold Button Collection VII
. MoP backing buttons sewn directly on the shanks.
10. The two sets of buttons.
11. Blazer buttons on sleeve.
12. Buttoned through.
13. Voila. From a very formal three piece suit to what Americans would know as a blazer.
In addition to the navy horn and gilt sets, I have smoked MoP, brown horn, and a set of solid sterling buttons from Benson & Clegg. The latter are being hand-engraved like so:
These are my son's initials. I plan to wear these as he grows up, and before he goes on to college (or goes into mall security,) I will have his first bespoke jacket made up and these sterling buttons attached, from father to son.
I am elated with the results of this experiment. There will be a DB version of this in navy Lesser Golden Bale in time for the autumn.
Rationales and discussion in the next post.
I hope that you enjoyed my little caper.